In my last mailshot I left out my school eMail address; I've had to send
from home because the school's ISP has been off line (again) all day.
I echo the comments about named and squid not running out of the box. named
needs careful planning and for first-time users I would suggest starting
with a handful of addresses on your 192.168 site and getting it all sorted
before creating your full list!
squid2(.23) is very good once set up as a proxy/firewall/filter but some of
the reporting tools are a little weak. It certainly benefits from being on a
machine with a good quantity of RAM and good processing capacity, our system
finds it a bit of a bottleneck (256k ISDN bandwidth in use all breaktimes
and often during the lessons, too!). The same box is our internal webserver,
mailbox, dhcp server, etc., etc., so it isn't too surprising that it slows
down at times! It never crashes, either - unlike some systems I have to use.
It would be useful if squid could read some of its configuration from
include files, then adding to the filters would be more straightforward.
Perhaps it can and I haven't found out yet.
Best wishes, Derek Harding
ICT & Network Manager, Warlingham School